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Category: Plant Profiles

What Is It? Blue Mist Shrub

Late season color is usually defined by black eyed susans, sedum, ornamental grass, colored foliage and fall annuals. But have you heard of a compact shrub with silvery foliage and blue flowers that comes into its prime in late August? Caryopteris x clandonensis, also known as blue mist shrub, happens to be that plant. Blue…

What is it? Buddleia Wisteria

Buddleia Wisteria Lane is a unique and very popular new shrub, which will surely delight any gardener looking for that interesting new plant to show off to their friends. Wisteria Lane is a weeping butterfly bush. Perennial plant breeders took the traditional large, upright butterfly bush that we all have known for years and did…

New Plants to Look for in 2015

As I started thinking about this particular blog post for our website, the reality set in: Spring is just around the corner.

As most of us are still shoveling snow, the growing department here at Winterberry is gearing up for another busy spring planting season in our greenhouses. Every year our growing department has strived to bring you new and exciting plants instead of the same old, same old. This year is no different.

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The Winterberry Holly: Not Your Average Holly

A plant that is near and dear to our hearts here at Winterberry, the Winterberry Holly or Ilex verticillata, is truly a great landscape shrub for many reasons. Fall is the perfect time to really appreciate all of the great qualities that Winterberries can add when incorporated into the landscape.

Pumpkins 101

“For pottage and puddings and custards and pies

Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies,
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,
If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.”

Pilgrim verse, circa 1633

A little history of the Pumpkin… The word pumpkin originates from the Greek word Pepon and believed to have originated in the ancient Americas. Early Native Americans used the pumpkins as a food source, cooking it in many different ways and using the Blossoms in stews. Without pumpkins Native Americans may not have survived through the harsh winters. The dried shells were used as bowls and storage containers. The seeds were used as medicine.…

Leaf Peeping, the Tradition

I have always been an outdoor type of person, but I have never considered myself one to get amusement out of leaf peeping until I graduated college. One of my best friends, that I met while I was at UCONN, is a Connecticut native that had moved to Delaware at any early age and came back to attend college at UCONN. She always admired the colors of fall and always spoke of that being one of the things she missed the most while living down south.

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Hydrangeas – A Gardener’s Pride and Pain

The most asked about plant in the nursery!

Hydrangeas are a fantastic plant, but one of the most common questions we receive in the garden center is “why isn’t my hydrangea blooming?”
Pinpointing an exact answer is tough, but it could be one of many things…

My Favorite Perennial – Becky Shasta Daisy

Everyone wants color in their perennial gardens. Is white a color? Not really, unless you are talking my favorite perennial. All of the other colorful flowers in my perennial borders seem even more vibrant when they play off this very special beauty.

I’m referring, of course, to the sturdiest, most beautiful, clean white Becky Shasta Daisy. The four inch diameter flowers of brilliant white petals surrounding a big yellow eye are real show-stoppers.

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Low Maintenance, High Color – Fall Gardening Ideas

When I think of fall gardening, I think of a second spring. Recharged by the cool air, I’m fired up to do some planting! One of the reasons I really enjoy planting in the fall is that there is less thought to it. You just plant and go! At this time of year, plants are winding down. When you do plant, be sure to amend the soil with a good compost and mycorrhizae. Top-dress with some mulch, water the plants well, and Presto! Your plants are set! Since the plants require less watering at this time of year, you may not have to go back and water again. (It is still recommended to check the soil moisture daily, especially on warmer days.) Next spring, your plants will reemerge from dormancy, no hand-holding necessary.

Hydroponics at Winterberry

My name is Christopher Meade and I am a greenhouse grower here at Winterberry Gardens. I am a certified Master Gardener, Accredited Nursery Professional and I have a degree in Horticulture.

This season at Winterberry, we’ve been utilizing flood tables (Ebb and Flow) that have the capability to send water to many plants all at the same time at any given notice for as long as you’d like. The flood tables were installed at the beginning of this season inside two of our three growing houses with the third to be completed by the end of this current season.